Its important development has led to the construction of a new building, which became operational during the month of February 2015. This extension accounts for 40 extra beds (total 150) and has led to the employment of 50 employees. On Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of February, the CRR celebrated the opening of the new extension and its 15th anniversary as well it should.
Official Inauguration and press conference
On Friday the 6th of February the official inauguration and press conference took place. Over 150 guests, local authorities, medias, partners, the management of the Suva and their partners all took part in this inauguration. Press conference, guided visits of the building and buffet with entertainment by the comedian Karim Slama all made this special day a great success.
Over 2'500 guests at the « open day»
In order to inform the general public of the services offered by the CRR, an « open day» was organised on Saturday the 7th of February. This day turned out to be a great success with over 2'500 visitors who were able to, on one hand, discover the new building, and on the other, get a better understanding of what kind of work is carried out in our institution (types of rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, neuropsychology, technical workshops, social services, entertainment, Professional rehabilitation). The diversity of fields in which the CRR is active and the level of specialisations which has risen thanks to our patients.
An extension which had become an urgent necessity
Over the years, the CRR has become a clinic of reference in the French speaking part of Switzerland for rehabilitation and professional reintegration. The level of occupation of the clinic has reached 100% for 3 years and this has led to a long waiting list. In addition to this, we have to expect a strong progression in the number of patients, due to demographic growth, to faster transfers from hospitals and to the increase in number of serious cases. With all of this in mind, an increase in bed capacity had become a true necessity, in order to answer fully to the expectations of doctors, Suva agencies and hospitals sending patients.
In addition to clinical rehabilitation activities, the development of certain CRR activities (training, research, sports medicine) and the arrival of the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) also required extra space.
A modern and functional extension
The building inaugurated on Friday the 6th of February is modern, functional and flexible. Indeed, its design and its concept allows to answer to a higher number of patients and more serious cases in the future.
- 2nd and 3rd floors : 40 extra beds + 2 therapeutic apartments
- 1st floor : research institute and sports medicine
- Ground floor : Training and consultation centre, therapies
- Lower ground floor : EPFL (Defitech chair for the Neuroprothesis centre and the walk re-education laboratory ).
The extension has allowed the CRR to grow from 110 to 150 rehabilitation beds and increase its capacity in all the services that they offer, whether it be: musculoskeletal system rehabiltation, neurological rehabilitation, serious ortho-traumatological rehabilitation (especially amputees and burn victims) and paraplegia (unique centre in the French speaking part of Switzerland). The first patients were welcomed into the new rooms from the 17th of February.
The creation of 50 jobs
The CRR has been involved in a vast recruitment campaign over the past few months, in order to guarantee optimum service within the Clinic and its new extension. Therefore, 50 new jobs have been created. With these new employments, the CRR accounts today for 309 full-time positions (this represents 380 employees) versus 172 at its opening. It should be noted that 73 members of staff employed in 1999 are still present today, which is a great sign of loyalty and stability.
Well established since 1999, the Clinique romande de réadaptation is an important actor in the economical aspect of the Valais. It proposes employment in a wide choice of domains : medical (physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports trauma medicine, neurology, rheumatology, psychosomatic medicine…), nursing care, therapies (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, neuropsychology, social assistants…), technical workshops (orthopaedic technicians, orthopaedic shoe-makers), professional re-integration, administration and logistics.